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Is Chevy Malibu a Good Car?

The Chevy Malibu started out as a trim-level of the Chevelle. In 1978, it finally became its own model. The Malibu is generally regarded as a good car, but the 2008 redesign boosted the model into best-in-class territory.


Many of the sedans produced by GM no longer have six-cylinder power. The 2013 Malibu has three four-cylinders for you to choose from:

First, there is a 2.5-liter that contains 197 horsepower. It has a six-speed automatic transmission. This is the base engine for the 2013 Malibu.

The next step up is the Malibu Eco. This is a mild hybrid, although it is not referred to as such by GM. It has a six-speed automatic transmission. There is also a 15-kW motor and a lithium-ion battery pack that helps to augment the power of the gas engine. Most of the power is provided by the engine, but some of the power from the batteries can be distributed as torque.

Lastly, there is the Malibu Turbo. With 259 horsepower and a six-speed automatic, it can accelerate to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds.

Fuel Economy

The base 2.5-liter Malibu gets 22 miles per gallon in the city. This is increased to 34 miles per gallon on the highway.

Not surprisingly, the Malibu Turbo gets the worst mileage of the three. It gets 21 miles per gallon in the city and 30 on the highway.

The Malibu Eco boasts fuel economy of 25 miles per gallon in the city and 37 on the highway. GM claims that the Eco has a 600 mile range on a single tank of gas.


The Malibu won the prestigious North American Car of the Year Award at Detroit’s North American International Auto Show in January of 2008.

The 2013 model won a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Critical Acclaim

In 2008, the Malibu received excellent reviews from the automotive press. For example, The New York Times said it was “like a super Accord, but from GM.” In reference to the Malibu, Car and Driver declared “Camry, Beware.” In Motor Trend’s 2008 Car of the Year competition, they rated the Malibu higher than the Nissan Altima and the Honda Accord. The Malibu was named the “2008 best redesigned vehicle” by Kelley Blue Book. The Malibu’s handling, quietness and styling of both the interior and exterior were praised by


The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the 2013 Malibu their highest rating of five stars for side-impact and front-impact protection. It received a four-star rating for rollover resistance. It was given a score of “good” by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.


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